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Posted by Ronald, a Speeding Ticket client, Flag
I had received a camera ticket in Oakland and received a ridiculous fine that I really did not want to pay. I found Michael on here and was at first hesitant as I had never worked with a lawyer before. He answered all my questions and concerns so I decided to take a leap of faith. Given that the case extended over 6 months, I did have to proactively seek a status update once or twice. However, Michael took care of everything, I didn't have to appear in court, which would have been difficult since I live far away and he got my citation fully dismissed with no record, all for less than the cost of the original ticket. I highly recommend Michael.
Posted by Stella, a Speeding Ticket client, Flag
I had a bad luck of not watching my speed closely and received a second citation within 6 months from a CA Highway Patrol officer.
Which meant not only a large fine but extra negative points.
I don't have to spell out the consequences - insurance rating going up, driver's license in danger etc.
I called several lawyers but none of them was definite about the results. They charged high but could not guarantee anything.
So just 2 days before my court date I was advised to contact Michael Silveira. Thank God for that advice! Not only was he willing to take my case on such a short notice, he also impressed my with how professional he sounded and how sure he was of at least saving my driving record.
The result exceeded any expectations I had - no fine, no points and all that for a quite reasonable fee.
Thank you sooo very much Michael !
With best wishes - Stella
Posted by Isaac, a Car Accident client, Flag
This lawyer is the best I had one ticket in San Joaquin county for speeding on my motorcycle for 90+ in a 50 and I had another one in San Mateo county for 90+ in a 65 in my car and Im a class B driver "I know I know how stupid of me" but Mike got both of my cases dismissed like I said to him "MIKE YOU ARE THE FREAKIN MAN" Thank you very much
Posted by a Speeding Ticket client, Flag
I work for The Courts in San Mateo County. When my family members and friends ask me to point them in the right direction with their tickets...I ALWAYS have them contact Mike. Mike knows all there is to know about traffic matters and criminal matters. Mike has won EVERY case that has gone to trial for my friends and family, most recently...last week. You are in the best hands with Michael Silveira.
Posted by Teresa, a Speeding Ticket client, Flag
Mike was great from the moment he answered the phone, was very professional and clear about his fees, the process and kept me in formed of his progress. He handled my case well and I walked away a happy client! I'd highly recommend him!
Posted by James, a DUI client, Flag
I visit Oakland often and took the usual route home on a Sat morning at the freeway on-ramp near 27th St. Traffic light was red, so I stopped at the intersection, and there were no on-coming cars, so I got on the freeway.
Two months I got a red-light camera ticket in the mail, with pictures and a link to the OPD site with a video clip as well. The fine, with traffic school, was going to cost me over $550. I have not gotten a ticket for over 10 years, and could not remember any ticket costing over $200. My first reaction was: OK. They got me. They have pictures and video proof.
But because of the excessive fine, I thought of fighting this ticket and started searching for a traffic attorney, and stumbled on to this web site called Avvo, and put in a request.
The following day, I got an email from Michael that he is interested in my case, and that he can help me so I contacted him the following day. Michael was very responsive to all my emails, requests and questions, explained in details about the process, so I decided to hire him. It was the best decision I've made.
Working with him could not have been easier. Once you email him the ticket info, you are done. Michael basically takes care of everything else. I don't know how he does it with these evidence against me, but he got my ticket dismissed!
He is extremely friendly and easy to talk to. He answer your email questions promptly and honestly and kept me informed. Now I know who to call next time. If you have a red-light camera ticket, there's still hope. Don't just give up and pay the fine and/or go to traffic school. Give Michael a call. He's the best attorney, and I highly recommended him.
Posted by Julee, a Speeding Ticket client, Flag
Thank you so much Michael! Michael reopened a rolling a stop sign traffic ticket for me that was almost 6 months old. He was able to get the ticket dismissed as well as my bail refund of $234. I really did not think I would get my bail refunded, but when I called today to confirm my address, the person stated yes, but it would take 12 weeks. Now I am back to having a clean record. I would not hesitate to use Michael again in the future and will refer him to friends and family if needed. yippy, clean record again!
Posted by Henry, a DUI client, Flag
I visit San Mateo often for business. This often includes taking clients out, and inevitably involves consuming alcohol. On one fateful night after one such occasion, I was pulled over by a CHP officer for speeding. The next thing I know, I am standing on one leg, tilting my head back, and doing other ridiculous movements. Needless to say, I was soon cuffed and on my way to give a blood test. I contacted many San Mateo DUI Lawyers, and Mike seemed the most trustworthy and aggressive. He handled my case perfectly, and resolved it with a reduction in charges and no license suspension, interlock device, etc. He made the whole process about as simple as it could be. Highly recommended.
Posted by a Speeding Ticket client, Flag
I received a ticket for driving 70+mph in a 50mph zone on the Bay Bridge.
Michael was responsive through email communication and was able to get my ticket dismissed.
I can whole heatedly recommend his service to drivers who inadvertently get a speeding ticket and are concerned about the impact of the ticket on their driving record.
Posted by a Speeding Ticket client, Flag
I received a citation at an Oakland red light camera late at night, when I was lost and looking for an onramp and turned into it without paying proper attention to the light. With no other cars around me and no pedestrians I put no one in danger and felt the exhorbitant cost of this ticket was unfair. I called close to a dozen traffic lawyers and chose Mike because he responded promptly, answered all my questions thoroughly by phone and by email, and his price was reasonable. I decided it was worth the risk to try his services. He explained his strategy in my particular case and in due time he informed me that he managed to convince the judge to dismiss my ticket entirely...no points, no fine, nothing. He communicated with me respectfully and promptly and gave me results that are even better than I expected. I feel very lucky to have found such a competent lawyer for such cases and recommend him most highly.
Posted by Ivan, a Speeding Ticket client, Flag
Michael Silveira did an excellent job at getting my red light ticket dismissed. My supervisor who works at the san mateo court recommended me to MIchael Silveira. I was worried about paying so much money for a red light violation that I received and then having to worry about taking traffic school but Michael Silveira was able to take it to court and get it dismissed. He kept me informed about what was going on and what was going to happen.
Posted by Fred, a Speeding Ticket client, Flag
Michael is a great traffic lawyer and has provided me with great service through the years. I first met him at traffic court where I was lost in the hallways of the court house. Not knowing where to go, I noticed he seemed like he was the only one among us that knew what he was doing. So I decided to ask him for some direction and it just so happened we were assigned to the same room. Since there was quite a wait, as usual with the court systems, I had some time to chat with him and told him I was quite nervous about the whole process. I was fighting a rolling stop sign ticket that day. He gave me some great advice about what to do and what to expect. Before I knew it, my case was dismissed. I'm really glad I kept his card because since then, he's helped me successfully dismiss a red light camera ticket and just recently a speeding ticket on the Bay bridge.
Michael is a down to earth guy and most importantly, knows his trade. He's a professional and can handle your case in the most efficient way possible. His communication and record keeping are excellent. I was informed and in the know throughout the whole process. Another important trait Michael possesses is his willingness to listen and to let you finish your statement. He never made me feel rushed or unimportant whenever I reached out to him. He always answered my questions directly and didn't beat around the bush. Communicating with Michael was very natural and smooth which I think is one of the most important things when someone is going to represent you.
Regarding fees, even with all the positives I mentioned above, because of my personality, I still compared his rates to about 10 other firms. He's solid in this department. Let me say, dollar for dollar, it's going to be hard to find better value for your money.
Michael receives five stars all around... if there were a rating system for customer service, he would get 5 stars there too. Hire him!
Posted by Dan, a Speeding Ticket client, Flag
I'd recently gotten a fast, new car and was not afraid to drive it like it should be driven. Of course, the traffic tickets soon caught up to me. I had 2 speeding tickets and one redlight ticket in Redwood City. I began to ask around for a recommendation for a good traffic lawyer. Michael's name popped up more than once, so I decided to hand the fate of my license over to Mr. Silveira.
He had the red light camera dismissed about 6 weeks after I gave it to him. The speeding tickets took longer, but who cares, the result of both was "case dismissed".
Michael is an very bright attorney. If you have ticket issues, call him!
Posted by Jeremy, a Criminal Defense client, Flag
I can't recommend Mike enough. I got caught driving with over 5 pounds of Marijuana in my trunk and Im not from California. I thought my life was absolutely over. A friend from the bay area referred me to Mike, and we instantly hit it off. To make a long story short, Mike was able to have my charge reduced to a misdemeanor with no jail time, just work program. If you have any dui or drug issue, definitely give him a call, I'm very glad that I did.
Posted by Tekau, a Speeding Ticket client, Flag
Michael J Silveira is a superior and professional lawyer.He was highly recommended to me by a cousin of mine and now I too highly recommended him. I am well pleased and happy when he email me relating the fact that he won the case.I am overwhelm with his outstanding work performance for representing me in a traffic violation being accused by the street camera for running a red light.If you are searching and looking for a lawyer who will win your case,Michael J Silveira is the right choice. Many of my friends and family members have worked with him and their case is dismissed and won so choose this excellent lawyer,he's worth your money.
Posted by Joy, a Speeding Ticket client, Flag
Mike is my HERO! If you want to fight your ticket, you NEED to give him a call!! I am sooooo happy and grateful that I made the decision to hire him to represent me!!
I received THREE red-light tickets(one in Redwood City at Whipple St., one in San Mateo on Hillsdale Blvd, and one in Millbrae on Rollingwood when I turned to Bart station to pick up a friend) since May this year, and I paid them right after I received the violation notices.
In November, I became desperate after I received the FOURTH ticket in Kings County, and I worried so much about my license being suspended. I called many traffic attorneys, and they told me that because all my red-light cases were paid/closed, I have zero to very slim chance to reopen them, let alone win them.
I looked up reviews for traffic attorneys on Yelp , and I decided to give Mike a call. He was very professional on the phone, and he said he would appear in Court in person and give a try. Mike even offered me refund if Judge wouldn't reopen my case! A week or so later, Mike told me the good news---Judge agreed to reopen all my case and trial dates were set!!
Early December, I received a letter in mail from Court notifying me that one case was dismissed. Just a couple days ago, Mike called me and give me my Christmas present--two other cases were dismissed too!!!!
Mike is great and easy to work with, and really save me from being stress out! Think about this again, Mike worked diligently to get my THREE ticket DISMISSED!!!!
Posted by Julieth, a Speeding Ticket client, Flag
I got referred to Ms. SIlveira through a friend who had dispute a ticket just like mine and won the case thanks to knowledgeable Michael. I am so grateful she did. Not only he got my ticket dismissed but also I saved a $150 dollars plus the biggest saving, not having to deal with traffic school and courts. Highly recommended, very professional and helpful!
Posted by Stephan, a Speeding Ticket client, Flag
I recently utilized the services of Michael Silveira for a traffic violation ticket issued last August. Although I have driven commercially for twenty years with a class A license, multiple endorsements and a clean driving record (i.e. no accidents or convictions), this was my first experience in hiring an attorney to fight such a citation, which I believed to be truly unjust.
From the onset, Michael handled the case very professionally by taking care of the scheduled arraignment date without my being present to enter a plea, and then by scheduling a later court date to contest the violation.
Throughout the entire process, Mr. Silveira kept me apprised of the process and gave me confidence that the issue would be resolved in a favorable manor. Even though I provided a written statement of facts to explain my version of the facts to the Court - in this case, my contesting of the alleged failure to make a complete stop before turning right at an intersection - the thought that my driving record would be erroneously charged and tarnished with such a citation truly worried me.
The court appearance date was scheduled for the latter part of January and the following day, I received a courtesy notice from Michael that the case had been simply dismissed - as he believed it would be - to my greatest relief.
I would wholeheartedly recommend Michael Silveira’ s services - and thanks again Michael for making my life easier, and I wish all the best!!!
Posted by a client, Flag
Couldn't have asked for better outcome. Michael was recommended to me by another attorney, which says a lot about what how highly his peers think of him.
The process was fully transparent to me. With Michael's help, my traffic citation was dismissed. I didn't even have to show up. There were regular status updates via phone and emails and I was kept informed throughout case preparation, and final outcome. I highly recommend Michael.
Posted by Rachel, a DUI client, Flag
I was unlucky enough to get a DUI visiting San Francisco from San Diego. It was the first time I ever got arrested... Mike really calmed my nerves and helped me through the whole situation.
He really made the whole process about as smooth as it could have been. I'm very happy with his effort, and would definitely recommend him.
Posted by John, a DUI client, Flag
Mike helped me out during a very difficult time in my life. During my entire experience with him, he always had time for me and answered all my questions. I am very happy with the representation he provided and the outcome of the case. Highly recommended.
Posted by Ashwin, a Speeding Ticket client, Flag
I got a red light camera ticket (21453a) recently and as I had already taken traffic school I did not have that option as well. However, this was a ticket I never thought I had in the first place and I just got an Adult delinquency Notice from the court way past the deadline and I really did not know what to do. I went to the court for extension but got absolutely no help from them.
I hired Michael Silveira for this as I could not afford to spend more time and energy on this. All transactions with MIke were thru' email and I did not have to go anywhere. I must say Mike handled it end to end - he got the extension, a court trial date and ultimately won the case for me. I think he is a brilliant lawyer with a lot of
experience and knowledge of traffic laws.
I would highly recommend him without any reservation for any traffic violation
case as I am sure he will most probably win it for you.
Posted by a Transportation client, Flag
I was traveling to bay area from Houston, Texas to visit a friend in south bay, CA last summer and rented a car during my stay. One day as I was making a right turn at an intersection at a red light I realized that my photo was taken by the red light camera. The problem was that I apparently did not come to a full stop before making a right turn at the red light. Very recently the red light cameras in the bay area have incorporated this feature and will estimate your speed at right turn. I find this ridiculous because I am a very cautious driver and never got a ticket in the last six years. Also seems like red light violations captured by camera is california is considered a moving violations while it is not in Texas.
Long story short, a couple of weeks later my rental car charged me $30 and following up on that, I realized that it is the processing fee for sending the court notice. Couple of weeks later after following up with the court, I received the notice in mail for a ridiculous $900 TICKET!!!! Half of what I make as a graduate student!!! I called a few attorney and the attorney fee were as much high as the tickets in Bay Area.
I was really fortunate that I found Michael and he dismissed my ticket a very affordable fee (a fraction of what other attorneys were asking for). Michael is very responsive and knows the judges in many districts and courts. I highly recommend him specially for traffic violations in Bay Area.
Posted by JackB, a Speeding Ticket client, Flag
I recently received a VC21453A Red Light ticket from San Mateo County. The camera was located in the corner of Hillsdale Blvd and Saratoga Drive. I did some research on the internet and came across a Pleasanton-based lawyer who recommended the legal services of Mike Silveira. I called Mike immediately and he immediately responded to my plea since I didn't have the time to be driving back and forth to Redwood City (from Dublin) not counting the uncertainty if I can personally defend my case. In one week, Mike had the case dismissed.
When he says he can have it dismissed, you better believe it! I highly recommend Mike Silveira to anyone that has received a speeding or red light ticket. This man is honest, very responsive should you have any questions or concerns, as well as dedicated and passionate towards his legal profession. In fact, I am keeping his name and contact number permanently in my directory in case someone or myself need him again. By the way, his legal fees are very reasonable and its a flat rate regardless of how many times he has to be in court. Totally worth every penny!
Posted by Adi, a Speeding Ticket client, Flag
I had a red light violation ticket and I was found guilty through TBD. That is when I got connected with Mike to help me out. Within a week Mike was able to get a trail date and two days back he got my case dismissed! It wasn't only his brilliance, but also due to his years of legal experience he has a thorough understanding of the law and how best to tackle it. The best part of my case was that he made sure that I didn't have to appear in court (he appeared on behalf of me) which made it very seamless for me. I would highly recommend him if you have any sort of traffic violations.
Posted by Nicole, a Speeding Ticket client, Flag
Yes, I'm not the best driver in the world, but you if you saw my driving record you couldnt tell!
Michael has gotten 3 cases dismissed for me over the last 2 years or so (2 speeding, red light camera) I'm so glad that a dear friend of mine referred him to me.
Posted by J, a DUI client, Flag
Michael won my case!! I was about to get my liicense suspended for a year... after a night of partying I felt fine, but I did have some alcohol in my system and I'm only 20 years old, luckily my alcohol level was low enough for not a real dui... I highly recommend Mr. Silveira!.
Posted by Eric, a DUI client, Flag
I'm a commercial driver, and my driver license is everything to me. I made the horrible mistake of drinking a little too much one night and getting in my car... I was looking for a lawyer to handle my DUI, and a friend told me about Michael. I had a great experience working with him, he really seems to care about his clients. To make a long story short, he was able to get the DUI charge reduced and I am still driving for a living! Can't ask for more.
Posted by a Speeding Ticket client, Flag
Not sure how he did it, but he got my red light camera ticket dismissed.
Michael is very easy to work with and understands the court system very well. He saved me hundreds of dollars in fines and a point on my driving record. I am very pleased with his work.
Posted by a Speeding Ticket client, Flag
Very knowledgeable and easy to work with. I would DEFINITELY RECOMMEND him to friends and family.
Posted by a Speeding Ticket client, Flag
The city of Belmont decided to be unusually strict with their late times, but Mr. Silveira handled everything and my case was dismissed.